Buffalo (17-38-5) allows league highs of 35.0 shots and 3.32 goals as it tries to slow down a surging Columbus line which features Dano, Buffalo-born Nick Foligno and Artem Anisimov.
Each member of that trio had three points over two weekend road losses, 3-1 to Montreal on Saturday and 4-3 in a shootout to the New York Rangers the next night. Dano, the 27th pick in 2013, has appeared in the last four games after being recalled from the minors last Monday.
"I can’t tell you where the chemistry is coming from but we’ve had different lines step up," coach Todd Richards said. "Dubie’s (Brandon Dubinsky) line has been good as far as contributing, earlier than that it was Jo (Ryan Johansen) and (Scott) Hartnell seemed to have something and now we’ve got another line. That’s good."
Columbus (26-28-4) won 3-1 on the road in the season opener Oct. 9 by outshooting Buffalo 40-22. Both goalies who started that game won’t play since Sergei Bobrovsky is injured for the Blue Jackets and Jhonas Enroth was traded Feb. 11 by the Sabres.
Michal Neuvirth, who has a 1.72 goals-against average in his last five starts, will be in goal for the Sabres after Sunday’s 37-save effort.
"He’s been playing great these last five games," Nolan said. "We’re going to ride that horse until we see some tiredness comes in."
Curtis McElhinney is 3-1-1 with a 2.16 GAA in his last five starts for the Blue Jackets, with winless rookie Anton Forsberg the other option.
Sunday’s defeat capped a 2-2-1 trip for Columbus, which plays its next three at home.
"I think we’re anxious to get home," said Dubinsky, who has six points in his last six games. "It’s been a long stretch here and we’re looking forward to it."